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February is Pet Dental health Month! We’re all told since we’re young how important it is that we take good care of our teeth. Well, it’s just as important that we take care of our pet’s teeth. Dog dental health is important! Why is dental care for pets important? More than a whopping 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have signs of dental disease by the time they are three years old. That’s not what we want to hear for a beloved member of our family! We want them to live a long, happy and healthy life. Good dental care is important because bacteria that forms in your pet’s mouth can then travel through the bloodstream and cause infections in the organs.
The VOHC recommends daily tooth brushing for optimal effectiveness. Only 2% of pet owners brush their pets teeth daily. I am one of the 98%. Guilty. I tried a couple of times and Dobby hated it. Now don’t think I don’t do anything. I do. I’ve been giving Dobby Milk-Bone® Brushing Chews™s for a while now. These dental chews have actually been clinically proven to be as good as brushing, based on the reduction of tartar build up and halitosis. Having your pet chew a Milk-Bone Brushing Chew once a day is the same as you brushing your pet’s teeth twice a week. An annual veterinary dental checkup is still recommended. Why? If a vet were to observe excessive plaque and inflamed gums then he would likely need to put the dog under anesthesia to do a proper cleaning and make any needed repairs resulting from the decay.
Milk-Bone Brushing Chews are VOHC Certified and designed to perform like a toothbrush. They are shaped like a tiny dog bone but they are very firm, with bumps and grooves on the surface. They are available in two sizes – Mini (for dogs 5-24 pounds) and Small/Medium (for dogs 25-74 pounds).
Just look for the rectangular box that looks like a toothpaste box. When you see that you’ll know you’ve found them. Once you see how well they work and how much your pet enjoys them there is a larger box.
Dobby is just over one year old and we give him the small/medium size. He’s enjoyed Brushing Chews since the first time he tried them. He likes Brushing Chews because they taste and feel good to him. He has no idea that they’re good for him, only that he really likes them. I like them because they’re good for him. They’re an affordable way for me to help keep his teeth clean.
How do you care for your pet’s teeth?